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The Ten Commandments of Casino Gaming

28 August 1999

Those of you who regularly read my column know that I play the games that I write about. Most of my gambling occurs in South Florida aboard "casino ships" that depart from local ports on a daily basis, but I also visit Mississippi, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and other major gaming centers from time to time. I've experienced the thrill of winning and the disappointment of losing at most every game offered in today's casinos, and offer the following guidelines that should increase your chances of winning while having fun doing so. There are no big secrets or startling revelations presented here -- just basic common-sense rules that make us better players, rules that should be followed by experts as well as novices.

  1. Never gamble with money that you can't afford to lose.
    I'd guess that at least 80% of those who gamble in casinos lose money. This is to be expected, since only the most dedicated experts have a reasonable chance of long-term profits at a select few of the gaming options available. I've known many players who suffer weeks, months, even years of financial worry as a result of a few days of "fun" spending and losing money previously committed to household expenses or retirement savings.


  2. Learn the best way to bet and play the games.
    Hundreds of books and thousands of magazine and newspaper articles have been written about casino gaming rules and strategies, all designed to help the gambler improve his or her level of play. Based on my personal queries and observations, I'd guess that at least 50% of all players have never bought a book about casino gaming, and that at least 90% of those who gamble lack the knowledge required to compete on an expert level.


  3. Learn to manage your gambling bankroll.
    If you go to a casino for a four-day vacation, and lose all of your "play money" in the first four hours, what will you do for the next 96 hours? There aren't enough shows or buffets to use up that much time, so learn to ration your funds to last throughout your stay. It's a heck of a lot less painless than paying those cash advance credit card bills for the next eighteen months!


  4. Set reasonable goals.
    Don't expect to make a fortune while gambling. Not many people win the lottery jackpot, and not many people get rich at the casino.


  5. Enjoy the full casino/resort environment.
    Many players become so absorbed in gambling that they fail to experience the free or inexpensive non-gaming entertainment that the casinos provide to attract you in the first place.


  6. Go outside!
    Most casinos don't have windows, and don't do much to encourage you to see the local sights. There's a big beautiful world out there, away from the green felt tables and clanging machines.


  7. Take advantage of the freebies.
    Most every casino will compensate you for the time you spend and the money you risk gambling. Ask about comp programs before you start playing, and learn to take full advantage of them. The value of free or discounted food, lodging, or entertainment can often make the difference between a winning or losing trip. BUT, don't bet more or play longer than you normally would in order to get a free buffet or discounted room. Comps are good, but not that good!


  8. Keep track of time.
    Most casinos don't have wall clocks and are designed to maintain a consistent internal environment -- day or night. The fact is that the longer you play, the more you expose yourself to the casino's built-in advantage over you. If you choose to spend four hours at the tables or machines, at least know when you've played for four hours!


  9. Don't neglect friends and family. It's very possible that those traveling to the casino/resort with you may not share your enthusiasm for gambling -- hard to believe, but possible. Spend lots of time with those who love and care about you.


  10. Don't drink too much.
    Enough said!


  11. Beware of the fatigue factor.
    Casino gaming is mentally and emotionally exhausting -- win or lose. Although we all have different mental and physiological capacities, we tend to overestimate our stamina and make mistakes that cost us money! If you feel tired, you are tired, and should quit playing! Most casinos are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and they will be there when you've rested and recuperated.

Follow these 10 recommendations, and you'll be a better player!

Copyright 1998 Walter Thomason

Walter Thomason
Walter Thomason is the best-selling author of Blackjack for the Clueless and the editor of The Experts’ Guide to Casino Games and The Ultimate Blackjack Book.

A long-time casino gaming enthusiast, he is a frequent contributor to
The New Chance and Circumstance, Midwest Gaming & Travel, and Heartland Casino News.

His new book is
21st Century Blackjack: A New Strategy for a New Millenium. He can be reached
at PO Box 550068, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33355.

Books by Walter Thomason:

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Walter Thomason
Walter Thomason is the best-selling author of Blackjack for the Clueless and the editor of The Experts’ Guide to Casino Games and The Ultimate Blackjack Book.

A long-time casino gaming enthusiast, he is a frequent contributor to
The New Chance and Circumstance, Midwest Gaming & Travel, and Heartland Casino News.

His new book is
21st Century Blackjack: A New Strategy for a New Millenium. He can be reached
at PO Box 550068, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33355.

Books by Walter Thomason:

> More Books By Walter Thomason